She is still in post on Lars von Trier’s Melancholia and will also work on new projects with Michael Winterbottom and Oliver Hirschbiegel.
Danish producer Meta Louise Foldager, who has so far produced 12 films for Zentropa Entertainments, including three Lars von Trier features (Antichrist, The Boss of It All and the forthcoming Melancholia) – has set up her own company, Meta Film, with fellow producer Sara Namer.
”I simply wanted to be master of my own house, to allow more freedom for the filmmakers involved in the projects – both myself, the creative talent and the production companies,” explained Foldager, who will still work as a ’hired hand’ producer for, among others, Zentropa, on von Trier movies.
”At the same time I will be looking for directors with films which have an international focus and potential. The idea is I will develop and package the production; with the project ready, the creative team and the basic finance out of Scandinavia and the UK, I will then find the right partners to realise it.”
In addition Zentropa, where she is assigned to one feature in post, one in pre-production and two projects in development, she will be a consultant and producer for Danish and international organisations/companies, such as Media+, UK’s The Division investments and German-French production outfit, The Coproduction Office.
One of her most imminent assignments is UK director Michael Winterbottom’s Promised Land, a police thriller set in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during the British Mandate in Palestine. Scripted by Winterbottom and Laurence Cobiat, it will lense on locations in Israel as a Revolution Films-Meta Film co-production from next spring.
”I have always wanted to work with Winterbottom, and offerred my co-production services on several occasions. Finally we found the right project and each other,” said Foldager.
Foldager is currently completing von Trier’s $10.5m (DKK 55m) Melancholia, which she produces with Louise Vesth for Zentropa. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan and Alexander Skarsgård, Kiefer Sutherland and John Hurt, the film is scheduled to open on May 26, 2011.
Her new projects with Zentropa include Danish directors Heidi Maria Faust’s Rebounce (Frit fald), to be released release on March 31, 2011, and Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair (Caroline Mathildes år), an 18th-century epic about the Danish Queen who fell in love with the King’s physician, which will shoot from March 14, 2011.
With German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall), she is developing a television series, Babylon; and with a group of Danish directors - Pernille Fischer Christensen, Lone Scherfig, Martin de Thura, Christoffer Boe and Iceland’s Dagur Kari - artfilm filmart, an installation at Copenhagen’s Gammel Strand Gallery.